Grand Denial has already won at Doncaster and Windsor this year and is probably still on a decent mark. Gold Beau is another in-form three-year-old and on a hat-trick after victories at Hamilton and Carlisle. Wooden King may be back in the handicapper's grip, however, while Italian Tom is hard to predict. Shore Step got taken off his feet over 5f at Goodwood last time and is capable of better but we like the look of MILIKA. Back on fast ground for the first time in well over a year at Windsor last month, Rae Guest's filly looked much happier and will be aided here by Oisin Murphy's 5lb claim.
Shore Step (IRE) 5-1 (9-0) Led, ridden over 1f out, soon headed, no extra inside final furlong, 8th of 12, 6l behind Pal Of The Cat (8-2) at Goodwood 5f 3yo hcp 0-95 (3) gd in Aug.
Miliika 3-1 (9-10) Chased leader until 4f out, chased leaders, pushed along halfway, ridden on rail and every chance 1f out, stayed on to 2nd last strides, not pace of winner, 2nd of 8, 1 1/4l behind Jubilant Queen (8-9) at Windsor 6f flls hcp 0-85 (4) gf in Aug.
Fortinbrass (IRE) 7-1 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 7, 8l behind Hopes N Dreams (9-8) at Epsom Downs 6f hcp 0-90 (3) gd in Aug.
Rowe Park 16-1 (9-7) Chased leaders, effort 2f out, short of room approaching final furlong, soon weakened, last of 12, 14l behind Gabbiano (9-5) at Ascot 5f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Jul.
Milly's Gift 20-1 (8-12) Mid-division centre group, took keen hold, one pace inside final furlong, 14th of 24, 6l behind Seeking Magic (9-5) at Goodwood 6f hcp (2) gd in Aug.
Taurus Twins 7-1 (9-5) Led, headed over 3f out, weakened over 1f out, last of 12, 18l behind Go Nani Go (9-4) at Salisbury 5f hcp 0-80 (4) gf in Jun.
Grand Denial (IRE) 3-1fav (9-6) Mid-division, ridden and headway over 1f out, kept on inside final furlong, 3rd of 10, 4 1/2l behind Jontleman (8-12) at Newbury 6f 3yo hcp 0-80 (4) gd in Aug.
Italian Tom (IRE) 16-1 (8-7) Mid-division, ridden in 9th 2f out, weakened, 18th of 23, 7l behind Corporal Maddox (9-2) at Curragh 6f hcp gd in Aug.
Valmina 20-1 (8-10) Took keen hold racing in mid-division in centre, headway halfway, chased leaders 2f out, ridden over 1f out, weakened inside final furlong, 7th of 11, 6l behind Slip Sliding Away (9-2) at Goodwood 6f hcp 0-80 (4) gf.
Gold Beau (FR) 9-2 (9-2) Tracked leaders, ridden to challenge over 1f out, led entering final furlong, stayed on well, won at Carlisle 6f 3yo hcp 0-70 (5) gf in Aug beating Salvatore Fury (9-3) by 1 1/4l, 13 ran.
Wooden King (IRE) 7-1 (9-4) Led on rail 1f, pressed leader, ridden and every chance 1f out, no extra towards finish, 4th of 11, 5l behind Rocket Rob (9-10) at Sandown 5f hcp 0-75 (5) gd in Aug.
Comptonspirit 18-1 (8-12) Raced in 4th and off the pace, ridden and no impression halfway, stayed on same pace from over 1f out, never near winner, 5th of 7, 8l behind Crimson Queen (8-13) at Bath 6f hcp 0-75 (5) fm.
Bilash 12-1 (8-7) In touch, weakened over 1f out, last of 14, 13l behind Crew Cut (9-4) at Newmarket 6f hcp 0-85 (4) gd in Aug.